I’m Convinced to Homeschool – I think!
I want to equip you for the biggest homeschool battle you will probably face in the days ahead. This will surpass: getting your documentation prepared, the resistance from family and friends, and working out what you actually need to teach. Whilst these external pressures will no-doubt unsettle you the big battlefield is in your mind and this is where you will wage war with these issues.
Even if you are completely convinced that homeschooling is what you want to do, doubts, insecurities and comparison will always surface and increase anxiety about your choice to homeschool. Each time you make a mistake, feel lazy or your child behaves badly you will wonder if the grass is greener somewhere else.
In some ways this anxiety never goes – and you will always homeschool feeling a little scared but it is very comforting to know that most homeschool mothers face these fears. And with a little support you can often find answers to your questions. And that is one of the reasons I blog – so you can find solutions and encouragement to specific issues that you face.
Family & Friends Are Convinced I Shouldn’t Home School
It would be the rare homeschooling family who have all their family and friends support their decision to homeschooling. Even today after 15 years of homeschooling some family members have never given their approval. However some of my friends who were adamant it was wrong have come full circle and wished they had homeschooled.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Romans 14:1-5
Today this verse stood out to me because I realised that God wants us to be fully convinced in our own minds about how we are going to deal with particular ‘disputable or doubtful’ matters.
I often have wondered how I could be fully convinced to homeschool when other non homeschooling friends have been fully convinced it is not the right thing to do. I would think where is the error in my(or their) thinking,
This verse reminded me that it is OK to be fully convinced about my decision. I have sought the Lord and this is how I feel He wants me to go. I have friends that also have sought the Lord and school is how he wants them to go.
It’s Ok. I do not have to make a judgement on their decision. That is between them and God. Just as my decision is between our family and God.
Are you fully convinced to homeschool?
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